SNL Transcripts: Fran Tarkenton: 01/29/77


 Saturday Night Live Transcripts

  Season 2: Episode 13

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January 29th, 1977

Fran Tarkenton

Leo Sayer

Donny Harper Singers



Tom Davis

Al Franken

Jim Downey

Howard Shore

Tom Schiller

Anne Beatts

Rosie Shuster

Marilyn Suzanne Miller

Alan Zweibel

Neil Levy

Joe Dicso

Mitchell Laurance

Edie Baskin
Team Saturday NightSummary: A recuperating John Belushi coaches Fran Tarkenton and the cast on the play-by-play strategy for tonight’s show.



Fran Tarkenton’s MonologueSummary: Fran Tarkenton sings “Feelings”, as Lee Whitehead (Bill Murray) provides the running commentary on the action.


Rovco’s Swiss Army GunSummary: Rovco’s pitchman (Dan Aykroyd) shows multiple purposes of their new combat tool.

Amy Carter In SchoolSummary: Secret Service agents (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd) help Amy Carter (Laraine Newman) cheat on a school quiz and deal with tattletale schoolmate (Gilda Radner).

Recurring Characters: Amy Carter.


Sports InjurySummary: Coach John Belushi criticizes a fumble made by a player (Dan Aykroyd) who lost his arm during the tackle.


Leo Sayer performs “When I Need You”Lyrics

Black PerspectiveSummary: Fran Tarkenton discusses the stereotype of black quarterbacks with Garrett Morris.


Alsatian RestaurantSummary: A couple (Bill Murray, Jane Curtin) enjoy their dinner date at an exclusive home restaurant run by Victor (Dan Aykroyd), his wife Elena (Gilda Radner), and their daughter Francine (Laraine Newman). Tonight’s menu comes served with a side of domestic strife.


Sugar-Coated Anabolic SteroidsSummary: The cereal that provides Fran Tarkenton with the strength he needs.


Weekend Update with Jane CurtinSummary: Infuriated by comparisons to Chevy Chase, Jane Curtin rips her blouse open to expose her bra. Silent film footage documents testing of a new cruise missile.


Community AppealSummary: Fran Tarkenton thanks viewers for the donations that have helped put a drugged-up John Belushi back to work.


Hotel SketchSummary: Fran Tarkenton calls time-out during a hotel sketch to confer with coach John Belushi as to how best to get Laraine Newman’s character into bed.


Grand StandSummary: At halftime, Lee Whitehead (Bill Murray) and Bryant Gumbo (Garrett Morris) interview Fran Tarkenton about his hosting performance so far.


Leo Sayer performs “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing”Lyrics

Small WorldsSummary: In a film by Gary Weis, natural habitats are duplicated in a pet store.

French LiquidSummary: A line of women in pursuit of the same perfume smell different from one another after using it.


Donny Harper Singers perform “Sing a Song”

Credit Card CounselingSummary: Rhonda Weiss (Gilda Radner) and her friend Barbara (Jane curtin) one-up one another while discussing Rhonda’s credit card bill.

Recurring Characters: Rhonda Weiss, Barbara.



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Author: Don Roy King

Don Roy King has directed fourteen seasons of Saturday Night Live. That work has earned him ten Emmys and fourteen nominations. Additionally, he has been nominated for fifteen DGA Awards and won in 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020.

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